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Adopting the Micromovements Strategy to Build Your Author Brand

Today’s guest post is by Kait Fowlie:

Personal brand-building activities usually take the backseat for writers who work full-time jobs or want to spend as much time as possible actually writing. Many of the writers I know “should” themselves into being active on social media, writing blog posts, and the like, and this makes the job an energy sucker.

One solution I’ve found helpful here is the micromovements strategy, a tiny-step by tiny-step approach that’s helped me create momentum (and stave off overwhelm) in my own efforts, while also making sure I’m spending the majority of my time and focus on writing.

What Micromovements Are

The concept was introduced by SARK in her book Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper: Gifting the World with Your Words and Stories, and Creating the Time and Energy to Actually Do It. According to the author, micromovements are small actions that take as little as five seconds or up to five minutes that accomplish part of a big project. Continue Reading…

16 Tips to Help You Thrive as a Writer

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at excerpts from past posts on Live Write Thrive. From 16 Tips on How to Survive and Thrive as a Writer, by Brian Feinblum:

Today, people believe they can social network their way to the top, that they are one witty tweet or one viral video away from making millions. They want to be on a reality show, they want to blog their way to fame, they want to create the next Facebook—but they fail to put in the hard work that is needed.

Those involved in book publishing seek to cash in their lottery ticket. Everyone who writes a book has the hope—even the expectation—that they will have a best-seller on their hands. Who is there to give them a tissue box when their Book Scan numbers don’t register beyond a blip of sales?

But, reality aside, here’s the pep talk all writers will need at some point in their careers. Put aside the need for hard work, luck, connections, great writing, hiring professional help, etc. Continue Reading…

10 Things You Ought to Learn before You Self-Publish Your Book

Today’s post is by author Karen Pashley:

Going indie is a fantastic adventure. So much to learn! So much to do! If there is one thing I could advise wanna-be indie authors, it’s this: resolve to learn all you can well in advance of actually publishing your book.

What, you say, is there to learn? All I need to do is write my book, design a nice cover, and upload the whole thing to Createspace, right?

Oh, ye of little indie knowledge.

There’s a bit more to it than that, as I found out with my first indie project—an edgy women’s inspirational novel.

To break it down, let’s begin with a list. Because search engines love lists. This is a tidbit you’ll pick up during your SEO education. (That’s search engine optimization—also known as tip #5 on my list). Continue Reading…

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